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Rental Basics in Jacksonville : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Mar 14, 2017
Corbyn Looney asked:
So myself and two friends are looking to rent a house together, but I'm not entirely sure where I should start looking. We are all young adult and I currently live where we will be…
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Wed Mar 1, 2017
Tori A asked:
Back in 2015, I lost my high-paying job and was on unemployment. As a result, I couldn't afford a $1000 monthly rent anymore. There were months I was late on rent to the point they filed…
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Thu Sep 8, 2016
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Mon Apr 18, 2016
Rex asked:
Hi, I am going to be moving to Jacksonville from Northwestern Pennsylvania in about 2 months and have been looking around and most want rpoof of income.. the problem is I live 16 hours away…
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Mon Apr 18, 2016
Rex asked:
Hi, I am going to be moving to Jacksonville from Northwestern Pennsylvania in about 2 months and have been looking around and most want rpoof of income.. the problem is I live 16 hours away…
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
janilleseifert asked:
Mon Feb 3, 2014
Jacquelyn Holcomb answered:
It actually depends on what you mean by "difficult" and "obstructive". If he/she is not responding
to attempts by you to communicate, then you may want to try any method you haven't already tried.
Example: if you have something very important to communicate, but it isn't urgent, send a certified
letter. If it is of a more urgent nature, such as a repair that is needed and the lack thereof is causing
more damage, text him/her with the message "Please call me asap. Leak in roof, or hole in floor, etc".
If the issue is that you don't think he/she is responding asap then leave a message for them on the
phone stating the issue at hand, and that you need a response so that you know what his/her
expectations and intentions are regarding the situation.
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Sun Sep 22, 2013
Sharon Molnar answered:
Unfortunately they are not accepting pets for this unit. Most places have breed restrictions that take dogs due to the liability issues that are involved with certain breeds
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Fri Jun 21, 2013
Charles Chorman answered:
Good Morning,

Here is another great site to find out independently about Jacksonville schools:

Also vist my website to get additional local information:

Warm regards
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Wed Jun 19, 2013
Frank & Sharon Alters answered:
Mr. Richey, thank you for your service to our country. We do some property management and most rental agents have discretion to talk to the owner and explain your situation to them. Most understand and will be happy to rent to you.

Hope this was helpful.

Best regards,

Sharon H. Alters, GRI
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty
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Tue Apr 23, 2013
Sherlie Joseph answered:
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Howard Greisman answered:
Suggestion below my ad.
Our Program & What We Offer:


Our houses are in various price ranges and conditions. We offer houses from fixer uppers to nice executive homes in ready to move in condition.

The only way that I know of is to use cash as leverage. If you have the ability to pay 6mo. in advance, I really don't know anyone who would turn you down, unless you have felony on your record. So if you have that ability, and you are initially turned down, re- approach them and say, what if I pay 6mo in advance, then go month to month from there.

If you don't have the cash to use as leverage, I think your best bet is to look for a house being rented out by an individual, preferably one that isn't rented via a property management company. They tend to be a bit more lenient.
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Sun Aug 5, 2012
Eric Cavanagh answered:
Absolutely not. Never a good idea. The house will sell for less than the payments you'd be making. There are other ways to get into a property before closing on it, but none of them are advisable Pre-closing occupancy is always sticky because so many things can go wrong. You would be better off in a short term rental elsewhere while waiting for this to close. While you are waiting, a better deal might come along. Call or email me for some other strategies....

Eric Cavanagh
Keller Williams
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Sat May 19, 2012
Jeff Metcalf answered:

Start by checking out Once you have done some homework on the school of your choice we can narrow down your preferred location. I am a residential sales agent but we have an entire team of Rental Property Managers scattered across Jacksonville that can assist. I can get you in touch with them personally at your convenience. Don't hesitate to call. Good luck!

Jeff Metcalf, REALTOR(R)
Watson Realty Corp.
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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Dan Daniel answered:
Understand deposit refund requirements. Length and terms of the lease. Is there an escape clause should you need to vacate quickly. What is the penalty $$ for breaking the lease? Who is responsible for lawn and utilities. What insurance coverages are on the home provided by the owners. If lawn is covered how often will it be mowed, fertilized and treated for insects. Who will be responsible for maintenance and repairs, time lines to have those accomplished and who does them; the owner or a licensed repair company. If you feel price is high for what you are getting, ask for a discount. ... more
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Sun Jan 8, 2012
trendgillyard answered:
If you're looking to rent please try the southside. Stay away from the others. The beach side is very nice.
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Fri Nov 4, 2011
Tanya Watson answered:
No. As an Owner of a residential property, you do not need a FL real estate license to rent out your property & manage it yourself.

However, you are still bound to adhere to all FL Landlord/Tenant Laws (including guidelines for the holding of security deposit funds) and Fair Housing Laws. ... more
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Sun Oct 9, 2011
Alma Kee answered:

If you're paying less than normal "market" rental for the property you may not have the protections mentioned by other Realtors.

The biggest inconvenience is the landlord will certainly realize it is better to sell via a Short Sale rather than get a foreclosure on his record. You will then have Realtors coming in to show with very little notice. Are you sure that's worth it?

Here's an alternative way to get a mortgage if your credit score isn't high enough:

All the best,
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Sat Jun 4, 2011
Mark Good answered:
My answer will differ from the others a bit. It all depends on how long ago the owner stopped making payments.
If they just stopped you will have many months, probably over a year before there will be any reason for you to move. If they have not made a payment for a year or more then the foreclosure process maybe further along and it is more risky. If you can get the owner to show you their liz pendens filing then you can estimate better.
My experience is it take the banks a min of 6 months and often over a year to complete the foreclosure process from the liz pendens filing. If they have not even received this filing yet then you can many times do a year lease and be safe. There is a law that addresses what the tenants rights are when a foreclosure is sold. You might want to talk to an attorney to get the details on that but the idea of the law was to protect the tenant from having to move immediately.
Mark Good, Broker
Prime Properties of NE Florida
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Sat Jun 4, 2011
Nini answered:
most important is a safe enviroment that is not too far from Shands hospital. Up to a 30 min commute would be acceptable. I'm hoping we go to cloding with in 3mths. It's already been 70+ days. ... more
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